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post #1 of 11
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After many years of skiing, I finally broke down and purchased tuning gear this off-season.  I still let my local shop setup the edge angles on my new skis and give the old ones a "sharpen and wax" tune-up prior to my first day.

 

My first ski day involved the usual thin-cover spots and icy conditions (this is the Northeast) so my shop-pristine edges were no longer so pristine.  I had watched lots of YouTube videos and had received some hands-on coaching by @cgeib during some of my recent trips out to Colorado, so I went ahead and waxed 'em up and took a diamond stone to the edges to knock the burrs off, etc.

 

I was pretty curious as to how my skis would behave on New England's trademark hardpack...  As soon as I clicked in and start skating for the lift I knew the wax job was more then good enough.  And as soon as I made my first turn I realized I hadn't messed up my edges in some fashion either.

 

Skied on them all weekend.  Put them back on the shop bench this morning, knocked the burrs off again...  Wax them back up at some point this week.  Repeat.  I'll easily make back my investment in tuning gear sometime this season.  Thumbs Up

 

Just wanted to give a shout out of thanks to all the regular posters in this forum who have put out so much helpful information in terms of demystifying the process!

post #2 of 11
Way to go Kevin icon14.gif

It should be hours since your last tune! …not days
post #3 of 11

Tis the season for ski tuning, 
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

post #4 of 11
Fa la la la indeed! Just pulling out my kit and eyeballing skis today. Should be able to hit the hills next week. Aside from the occasional base grind, have not dropped dime for a wax or tune in two years. Economical and not a bad little side hobby.
post #5 of 11

Yes, kind of a contemplate-y, craftsperson-y way to spend time.  I'm tuning early today, so no beer, but otherwise it's a gas.  (On the other hand, I'm thinking "rotobrush?")

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by cgeib View Post

Way to go Kevin icon14.gif

It should be hours since your last tune! …not days

 

Does this mean that since I tuned them up again already and won't get back on snow until this weekend that I need to do all this again later this week in order to maintain the "hours, not days" creed?

 

:duck:

post #7 of 11

Yes, of course. 

 

 Thursday evening was designed for tuning.   

 

Don't let Thursday's  'Date Night #1' marketing campaign fool you - that's for those who date non-skiers :eek

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

Yes, of course. 

 

 Thursday evening was designed for tuning.   

 

Don't let Thursday's  'Date Night #1' marketing campaign fool you - that's for those who date non-skiers :eek

 

Thanks for the heads up.  My dating life is rather non-existent, so Thursday evenings should work.  Of course, I have race league on Tuesday nights (or at least I will once January rolls around)...  do I tune up the race skis on Monday evening or Tuesday morning?  Tuesday morning is fewer hours between the tuning bench and their use, but my boss might have something to say about a morning "tuning" beer before coming into work.  :(

 

My savings from not going to the shop for regular tune-ups is going to get erased by the need to buy tuning beers!  :eek

post #9 of 11


I feel your perplexity, my friend.   But this is one of those times when you have to -ahem- feel the skis.    

It's kind of like moguls. 
The skis will tell you when you need to extend yourself.  
The skis pull you into the next thing that's needed.

 

There is also such a thing as a tuning Irish coffee.    

Jussayin'

:D 

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post
 

After many years of skiing, I finally broke down and purchased tuning gear this off-season.  I still let my local shop setup the edge angles on my new skis and give the old ones a "sharpen and wax" tune-up prior to my first day.

 

My first ski day involved the usual thin-cover spots and icy conditions (this is the Northeast) so my shop-pristine edges were no longer so pristine.  I had watched lots of YouTube videos and had received some hands-on coaching by @cgeib during some of my recent trips out to Colorado, so I went ahead and waxed 'em up and took a diamond stone to the edges to knock the burrs off, etc.

 

I was pretty curious as to how my skis would behave on New England's trademark hardpack...  As soon as I clicked in and start skating for the lift I knew the wax job was more then good enough.  And as soon as I made my first turn I realized I hadn't messed up my edges in some fashion either.

 

Skied on them all weekend.  Put them back on the shop bench this morning, knocked the burrs off again...  Wax them back up at some point this week.  Repeat.  I'll easily make back my investment in tuning gear sometime this season.  Thumbs Up

 

Just wanted to give a shout out of thanks to all the regular posters in this forum who have put out so much helpful information in terms of demystifying the process!


That's awesome.  Now you will only get better at it as time goes by.  Congratulations.

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post
 

 

my boss might have something to say about a morning "tuning" beer before coming into work.  :(

 

I work in a ski shop, and I still can't do it. Don't feel bad!

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